This too, received no mention in the announcement made after the first cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The total amount waived-off, UP Health Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said, is Rs. 36,359 crore.
Waiving off farm loans was a poll promise of the BJP in the run up to the Assembly elections in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The decision will benefit almost 2 crore 15 lakh farmers across the state. "The Congress has always supported loan waivers for farmers in distress". While this would provide some relief to farmers in Tamil Nadu reeling under the worst drought in the century the costs to the exchequer is likely to derail state finances.
The waiver applies to loans taken by these farmers against seeds for wheat and paddy crops, as well as pesticides and fertilizers.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has offered his government's help to resolve the contentious Ram temple issue and called for both sides to re-establish dialogue to settle the lingering dispute. Now, the BJP government will only spend Rs 30,279 crore.
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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said a decision on sugarcane farmers can be taken soon. The cabinet also set up an eight member committed under the chairmanship of chief secretary to prepare the crop loan waiver scheme. The decision has been taken and we are very happy with this.
The Cabinet chose to set up 7,000 wheat purchase centres and added a sum of Rs 10 per quintal as transportation charges, payable to farmers on the minimum support price. It once again warned the policemen from harassing couples. "If any state government is capable and want to move in that direction, that state will have to find its own resources", Jaitely said on March 24.
The CM also told ministers that to abide to the rule of simplicity all ministers should avoid renovations of government bungalows allotted to them. It includes waving off of agro loans of small and marginalized farmers, setting up of three separate committees of Ministers on formulation of new Industrial policy, to check illegal mining and to protect the interests of potato growing farmers. "The innocent would not be harassed and the guilty must not be spared", Sharma said.